see our new VIRTUAL page for links to join Zoom’s and Whatsapp’s and other ways to connect virtually. Yes, our doors are closed now for in-person events but our hearts are wide open for all types of ways to connect and engage with students and alumni! 

SHABBOS HOUSE DAILY INSPIRATION via WhatsApp
Join the WhatsApp Group using this link. Each day we’ll share a short message, teaching or inspiration either via text, voice-note or a little video. 

DAILY HAGGADAH LIVE
Starting Wednesday 3/24 we hope to do a short noon-time “Facebook Live” segment on the Passover Haggadah, a little tidbit each day, as Wednesday will be 2 weeks to Passover and hopefully over a dozen or so segments we will share some interesting & meaningful Haggadah tidbits and relevance for your Seder this year. So far we discussed (1) The strange (yet very relevant!) invite after the Seder starts (2) Seeing ourselves in a current Exodus journey (3) Shabbat in Dayenu & in the Pesach week (4) Physical removal vs. mental nullification of Chametz. (5) The 2 most important Mitzvot of the Seder, and some insights and meanings into Matzah. We hope to do this daily (aside for Shabbat, of course) until Passover.

Now our Our Shmurah MATZAH BY MAIL offer, use this form: https://forms.gle/YSnYzTqmcQKEt7dT6 as our supplies last, we can mail 2-3 pieces of Shmurah Matzah to students and alumni for use at their Passover Seders. 

PASSOVER TESTS OR CLASS LETTERS
Believe it or not, this can be even an issue with virtual online classes, too! If students have a class on the holiday, or a test they can’t take and need a Rabbi’s letter, please email us with the info and we’ll send out the letter to you in PDF. 

SEDERS-TO-GO – IF YOU ARE LOCAL:
If you are in Albany-area, we are providing Seder-To-Go packages (which can include Shmurah Matzah, Haggadah, grape-juice, Seder plate and items, plus a Passover meal) for pickup on Wednesday April 8th (the 1st Seder is that night) between 4pm and 6pm from Shabbos House Porch. Please use this SEDER-TO-GO FORM to signup so we can prepare it for you. We do wish to host people for the Seders, we really really do, but it isn’t the right thing to do at this time when it is important for people to stay-home and social-distance. G-d willing we look forward to many opportunities to celebrate together once it is safe and appropriate to do so. 

AND SHABBAT-TO-GO:
As in the past 2 weeks we are continuing to offer Shabbat Dinner to go. If you’d like to continue that this coming Friday, or would like to join our local list, please let us know via text or email. See below. Pickup for Shabbat-To-Go this Friday will be between 4:30-6pm. 

ZOOM GET-TOGETHERS – check here for updated Zoom meeting links (we update each week): 

MODEL-SEDER & YOUR QUESTIONS AT TORAH-TUES:
at 3pm and 7:45pm we’re going to do an online model-type Seder, especially many people this year are making their own Seders for the first time, and so will be doing it alone. It’s via ZOOM, use this link:  https://zoom.us/j/6725472221 Meeting ID: 672 547 2221

PASSOVER COOKING THIS THURSDAY: 
We’ll do some Passover cooking live with Raizy. Stay tuned online for details. 7:30pm same Zoom Link as the Torah-Tues Model Seder above. 

Plus, you can call or text our cells: Raizy 518-772-7299 or Mendel 518-526-0770 or email us or we can set up a Zoom! 

The situation is fluid, things change from day to day. For now, we must follow the recommendations of Social-Distancing to try to stem the tide of this virus. Even asymptomatic or mild symptom carriers can pose grave risks to older people or those with compromised immunity (even some young people are affected). It’s often the unseen people, with whom we may or may not have direct contact, that is the big issue at stake here. (In a positive twist, it is inspiring to know that we can have positive unknown and unwitting effects on people we don’t even know). Obviously, we’re not a fan of Social-Distancing, not the reality nor the term, but it is a current reality we have to deal with and make the best of it. This effects people in so many ways, job-wise, economically, health-wise, mental-health-wise… it affects everyone and everything.

For now Shabbos House is hunkering down. We are here, we are home, we are eager, we are in touch with many of you, we look to open online options (see poll below) but we are not open for in-person “business” at this time. It would be irresponsible. Many many synagogues are closed for services in this unusual time. We will play it by ear and see how things might change over the coming weeks (hopefully for the better!) especially as it nears Passover. We are certainly open to reopening (to the degree we can) when we can but will have to see when that will be possible. We are doing “Shabbat-To-Go” and “Seders-To-Go” for students who might be up here or may return as the weeks go by, and we will see if there are other ways we can be helpful to students (and alumni) up here and away.

 

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SIGNUP FORM for keep-in-touch at Shabbos House.… we send out a weekly email with event updates for that week.  If you don’t get our emails (alumni: a couple times a month, student updates weekly) please let us know so we can add you to the email list. Stay in touch, keep in the loop! 

More updates soon, 
Love, Mendel & Raizy